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November 10, 2021
Police and the Catholic Church are to form a joint group to examine the role of priests in emergency situations following the denial of last rites to murdered Catholic MP Sir David Amess. Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick have agreed to work together to establish the group to study the
November 09, 2021
Government violence against the Christian minority in Myanmar is intensifying, according to human right activists. The prediction of Open Doors comes after Myanmar’s army shelled a town in the Christian-majority Chin State burning more than 160 homes and two churches to the ground in the town of Thantlang.  In their advances the Tatmadaw, the military,
November 08, 2021
The Vatican is expected to suffer a loss of £100 million from its botched property investment in London. A deal to sell off its share of 60 Sloane Avenue, a building in Knightsbridge, to Bain Capital, a private equity group, is in its concluding stages, according to media reports. Vatican City invested 350 million euros
November 05, 2021
Gunmen have stormed a church in Nigeria, shooting dead one of the worshippers and kidnapping more than a hundred others. The raid in Kaduna State in the centre of the country also left two Christians critically ill in hospital, according to initial reports. The attackers swept into the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kakau Daji when
November 03, 2021
A Catholic woman was thrown out of a council meeting after she accused local politicians of having blood on their hands over a multi-million pound development deal with a Chinese-owned company. Maureen O’Bern was escorted from the public gallery of Wigan Town Hall after she interjected in a planning committee debate to complain about the
November 03, 2021
The damage wrought by ecological degradation and climate change are as bad as those inflicted by a global war, the Pope has told world leaders at COP26. In a three-minute address to the Glasgow summit, the Holy Father said the effort to remedy the damage must be equal to that of rebuilding Europe and other
November 02, 2021
The climate summit in Glasgow could represent the last chance for world leaders to agree a strategy to halt environmental degradation and climate change, the bishops of England and Wales have said. In a statement released to coincide with the start of the 12-day United Nations COP26 meeting, the bishops said if that God’s creation
October 29, 2021
US President Joe Biden has boasted how the Pope gave him his blessing to continue receiving Holy Communion because he was a “good Catholic” – in spite of an outcry over his record of support for abortion. Speaking to reporters after his first Vatican visit as US president, Mr Biden said he and the Holy
October 29, 2021
Speaking on BBC radio, Pope Francis has appealed for the world to take “an urgent change of direction” to preserve the planet for future generations. The Holy Father said on Thought for the Day, on BBC Radio 4, that COP26 – the 26th UN Climate Change Conference – could represent a “genuine moment of conversion”.
October 27, 2021
Requests for exorcisms from diabolical possession soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, a conference in Rome has heard. Lockdowns and financial and economic hardships were blamed for enticing people into the influence of “malign forces”, according to a six-day course on exorcism held at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, a Vatican-affiliated university. Increased time spent watching
October 27, 2021
The funeral of murdered Catholic MP Sir David Amess will take place in Westminster Cathedral next month, it has been confirmed. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated in the London cathedral, which is just a short walk from the Houses of Parliament, from 10.30am on Tuesday November 23. The chief celebrant will be Cardinal Vincent
October 26, 2021
A woman abused by a priest as a teenager has become the first person to receive a pay-out over treatment she received from the Church following her complaint. She took action against the Archdiocese of Westminster earlier this year after she learned that she had been referred to as “needy” and “manipulative” in emails between
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